Agriculture Awareness Field Day

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Come join us for a free 2 hour field day experience on Friday, March 20, 2020, at the Sheriff’s Training Facility and Youth Agriculture Garden. Topics will include:

—Beekeeping Tips by Keith Wood, Extension Agent, Agriculture and Don Reynolds, president of Appalachian Beekeepers Club. In this session, you will learn about keeping bees, native plants that bees can use for pollen and nectar, hives, bee breeds, equipment to keep bees, pests and the importance of beekeepers in the area.

—Identification of insects that can cause damage to crops, livestock, and homeowners. Randy Collins, County Extension Director in Graham County will discuss history, identification and control of Asian Long-Horn Tick, Spotted Lanternfly and Spotted Winged Drosophila.

—Hemp Production. Craig Wininger, Agriculture Extension Agent in Clay County will provide information about the basics of growing, harvesting and future trends of Hemp. Attend this session to learn more about growing Hemp from seed vs clones. Also, several different varieties of hemp that can be grown along with the different purposes it can be grown for will be discussed.

Douglas Clement, County Extension Director in Cherokee County will provide tips on how to prepare farm homes and buildings so they will be safe in the event of a Wildland Fire.

Bottled Water will be provided. Dress appropriately for rain or shine and bring your own chair.

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The Sheriffs Training Facility and Youth Agriculture Garden is located in Marble, North Carolina.

From Murphy N.C. :

Travel east on 129/19/74 to Marble North Carolina 6.3 miles from the entrance to Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino and Hotel. Turn right into the facility

From Andrews N.C. :

Travel west on 129/19/74 to Marble North Carolina 0.6 miles from the entrance to Cherokee County Sanitary Landfill. Turn left and cross the eastbound lanes into the facility. The turn lane is directly across for the IOI Rd.